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The World’s Oldest Person Has Died At The Age of 117

Shelby Chau / April 19, 2017

Her name was Emma Morano and she lived to see three different centuries. She was born on November 29, 1899, and was recognized by Guinness World Records for being the ‘Oldest Living Woman’ and ‘Oldest Living Person.’


Over the years, she’s lived through a lot. She was alive before the first airplane took flight, two World Wards came and went, color TV, and the Internet. Over her lifetime, she’s also experienced over 90 governments in power in Italy.


She was found by her caretaker in her home in Verbania.



So what was her secret? According to her, the last confirmed living person born in the 1800s, credited her health to a diet which consisted of cookies and raw eggs. Putting an end to an abusive marriage also contributed to her longevity.


Morano was the second oldest person in world at the start of 2016, but when American Susannah Mushatt Jones died at age 116, Morano took the title. She received a certificate from Guinness World Records on July 29, 2016, in recognition of the event.


Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who passed away at the age of 122 years, 164 days, still holds the record for longest living lifespan ever. Emma made the top five with a lifespan of 117 years, 137 days.


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